Since the Quesnel Prospectors Car Club first formed almost 25 years ago, they have donated money to a community group or two after each of their car shows.
This year’s recipients of their generosity are Quesnel Special Olympics and the School District 28 Lunch Program.
Each group was gifted $750 from the club, which held its annual show in August.
“Normally after our show, we have made some donations to groups in the town,” says club president Cory Delves.
“We have a longstanding connection to Special Olympics because one of our members’ daughter is involved in their group.”
He says this year, when they were voting on where to donate the additional funds, a member suggested the lunch program, and everyone agreed it was a worthwhile cause.
The lunch program focuses on children who are in need and provides them with a lunch every school day. Principals or teachers can single out students, or a parent can come in and request it.
Arlene Foreman, who is the co-ordinator for the program, says last school year, the number of students who took advantage of it continued to grow from semester to semester.
“We’re feeding about 250 kids, and the number keeps getting higher,” she says.
“I’m afraid with our mills closing, our numbers are going to be quite high.”
At one point last year, they fed 305 kids, and Foreman believes that number will be passed this year.
Community help is vital.
Foreman says without the help of groups like the Prospectors Car Club, they would not be able to run the program.
To learn more about the Quesnel Prospectors Car Club, visit prospectorscarclub.com.